26 Magazines Accepting Sci-Fi/Fantasy Submissions

Dear Writers,
If you’re in the quest for publication, like I am, then knowing where to submit your short stories may be daunting.

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Many of the periodicals listed by the SFWA are closed to submissions for the foreseeable future, and many of the smaller non-qualifying markets I saw on other guides were also closed (some permanently and others temporarily).

To share my efforts with you, here are 26 magazines accepting submissions as of September 2019 or in the near future, with notes about them – especially response time.

Since so many markets for short fiction don’t allow simultaneous submissions, response time can be important to me for prioritizing whom I should query next.
If you have a different approach for prioritizing, please let me know. I’d love to hear it.

I’ve broken this into three groups:

SFWA Qualifying Markets
Qualifying Rates but Not Approved SFWA Venues
Non-SFWA Markets

Also, I have two post scripts on Yes, I was Rejected and What the ****? Things Beginners Might Want to Know about Magazine Submissions

SFWA Qualifying Markets

    1. Analog Science Fiction and Fact
      Geared toward hard sci-fi. Up to 20,000 words.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    2. Cricket Media
      This is a children’s magazine company in association with a children’s education company that focuses on teaching resources and e-mentoring.
      They offer four literary magazines with an age range from 6 months to 14 years and up. They use Submittable, and also offer a “Calls for Submission” mailing list.
      Click here for more information.
    3. Asimov’s Science Fiction
      No sword and sorcery. Not shorter than 1000 and not longer than 20,000. Reportedly 5 weeks response time typical. I had a rejection take about two days.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    4. Strange Horizons
      Speculative Fiction of under 10,000 words – 5,000 preferred. “Several weeks response time”. I had a rejection take about six weeks.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    5. Beneath Ceaseless Skies
      Secondary world setting required – meaning not on Earth. Character driven. Narrative style. Reportedly 2-7 response time typical. Their requested length is less than 15,000 words.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    6. Clarkesworld Magazine
      1000-22,000 words. Many guidelines regarding topic. Reportedly 2 week response time; I had a rejection take about 1 week.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    7. Qualifying Rates for SFWA but Not Listed

      I can’t confirm that the SFWA will qualify these venues, but they are the appropriate rate.

    8. Flame Tree Press
      To submit, you must sign up for their fiction newsletter. They announce a theme each month via their newsletter, and on social media. Your story must fit either the sci-fi or horror theme of that month.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    9. Fantasy and Science Fiction
      Reportedly about 8 weeks for a response; I received a rejection in less than 24 hours once.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    10. Non-SFWA Qualifying Markets

      While these publications offer payment, the rate is lower than the required rate for SFWA. As a reminder, the pay rate changed to eight cents per word effective September 1st of this year. Their guidelines page does not reflect this clearly in all spots.

    11. The Dark Magazine
      Horror or Dark Fantasy. 6000 word limit.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines. 
    12. Interzone
      Honestly, I have no idea what or if they pay. They do use Submittable, and have won the Hugo Award several times, and various other awards.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    13. Reckoning
      This is a very niche magazine – to sum them up they  publish “creative writing about environmental justice”. In this upcoming edition – Reckoning 4 – they are looking for “writing focused on urban nature and the environmental challenges of cities”. For the fiction writer, this niche to my understanding is usually called Cli-Fi: science fiction with a focus on climate change.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    14. Deep Magic
      Six cents a word for up to 10,000 words. Submissions may be up to 40,000 words but there is a payment cap. “Clean fantasy and sci-fi stories”.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    15. Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores
      Shorter pieces favored. Opens September 21st – 28th 2019, and December 21st – 28th 2019.
      Click Here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    16. Flash Fiction Online
      Max length 1000 words. They are listed on the SFWA website as a qualifying market, an they state on their page that their publication counts toward the requirements for SFWA, but their page has not been updated for the new rate, so I don’t have better information at this time.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    17. Terraform
      2000 words or shorter. These stories need to focus on near future pieces and “less far-flung alien space operas”. They appreciate creative formats. Response time – less than four months, or consider it a pass. Cool fact: they’re associated with Vice – like Vice News.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    18. Drabblecast
      Eclectic short fiction. They accept stories from 500-400 words. They also accept “Drabbles” of 100 words, and “Twabbles” of 100 characters.
      Click Here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    19. Kasma Magazine
      One science fiction story of 1000-5000 words is selected a month. The editor was very polite when he rejected me.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    20. Cast of Wonders
      YA Market for up 6,000 words. Not open year round – check their submissions timing.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    21. Pod Castle
      Open October 15th thru November 15th 2019 for General Submissions. Their submissions schedule is narrow.
      They accept stories of up to 6000 words. I believe they are associated with Escape Pod and Pseudo Pod but have different editors, requirements, and schedules.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines. 
    22. Escape Pod
      Opening October 1st, 2019 thru summer 2020.
      Stories centered on science, technology, future projection, and/or alternate history. It took about three weeks for me to receive a rejection from them.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    23. PseudoPod
      Opening October 25th through November 3rd 2019 for General Submissions.
      Horror – dark and weird.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    24. Aurealis
      Open August 1st 2019 – September 30th 2019.
      For Australian and New Zealand writers the window began February 1st. I’m pretty sure they are in Australia. They’re looking for sci-fi, fantasy, or horror from 2,000-8,000 words.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    25. Leading Edge
      Must follow the honor code of affiliated Brigham Young University. 1000 word minimum. They accept science fiction and fantasy, but there must not be nudity, sex, or violence. There are additional guidelines listed in their Honor Code.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines. 
    26. Andromeda Spaceways
      Up to 10,000 words (unless you’re from Australia/New Zealand, and then you may submit up to 20,000 words). They accept science fiction, fantasy, supernatural horror, poetry, and articles about writing and a few other related topics.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    27. GigaNotoSaurus
      Pays $100 for stories between 5,000 – 25,000 words. They publish one story a month.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    28. Metaphorosis
      Speculative adult fiction with a focus on “intelligent, beautiful” stories. They give bonus points for your characters being vegan , but it’s not a requirement.
      Click Here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
  1. That’s all for now.  I plan to create an updated list in the near future since some of publications (not listed) were temporarily closed to submissions.
  2. Do you have any suggestions of places to try? Let me know. I didn’t include any non-paying markets, but if you know of any, please let me know and I’ll include them on my list next time around.

  3. P.S. Yes, I Was Rejected
    “Downplay rejections so that you don’t sound like a bad writer” is advice I’ve heard at a writing conference.
  4. ~ Was it all your rejections?
    Nope. At this time, I’ve received so many rejections from agents, editors, producers, and magazines for so many different projects that it would be ridiculous to list them all.
  5. ~ Does this mean you’re a bad writer?
    I hope not.
  6. ~ Why are you mentioning this?
    Ya know that saying about how nobody wants to see the sausages made?  This is kinda like that – it’s the side of writing that can be really unappealing, difficult, and downright depressing. (I say not in the trite way, but as someone who genuinely struggles with their mental health.)
  7. If you’re reading this – I hope your story finds a market. With billions of people consuming stories, a dear friend of mine told me that there’s a market for every story – you just have to find it. It might not be the market that you dreamed of the first time around, but there’s a home out there for that story. And … writing is subjective, maybe your next submission to that dream magazine will jive with that editor.

  8. * P. P. S.  What the ****?  Things Beginners Might Want to Know about Magazine Submissions

    What Do They Mean “Simultaneous Submissions”?
    Querying a novel is very different than submitting short stories.  With novels, many writers will submit their work to multiple agents at the same time (whether it’s one or two low key agents they stalked on Twitter reading their #mswl, or if it’s a fire hydrant approach and they’re sending it to every agent they can find).
  9. Short story magazines often do not allow this. They want to be the exclusive readers of the project.  As a courtesy, I do my best to abide by this: it would be very frustrating for an editor to read a story, decide they know the perfect spot for it in the magazine, and then have the author inform them that a different magazine responded more quickly, so it wouldn’t be the first printing.
    Magazines often pay different rates for re-prints, and there are legalities surrounding re-prints. (Or so I’ve been told. As an unpublished author, I can only read and hope.)
  10.        What Do You Mean “Active Rejections”?
    In novel querying it’s not uncommon to have a silent pass – to never, ever hear a peep from the agent that you queried. These are passive rejections (at least by my terminology).
    With short stories, you will experience more active rejections because of the simultaneous submissions policies: you will likely receive a message rejecting your work.
  11. What Do They Mean “Multiple Submissions”?
          This is not the same thing as simultaneous submissions. Even though it sounds similar, it actually means that they don’t want you to send them fifteen short stories at once.  (Here’s looking at you, fire hydrant guy).
  12. What Do They Mean “Cover Letters”?
         Some magazines will want a cover letter with your name, publishing creds, word count, etc. included at the top of the manuscript. Others will want this information submitted separately, especially if they use a website for their submissions instead of email. Save yourself a smidgen of time and keep a copy of your short story with the cover letter, and with no cover letter embedded but as a separate file.
  13. What Do You Mean “Regroup”?
         While it might be tempting to just keep submitting a story to the next market the instant you receive a rejection, I’ve been trying to take a moment to mentally regroup and look over this story with fresh eyes to see if I can improve it before I submit it to the next place. Sometimes I’ll have a new perspective, or decide to change something. I do my best to continuously improve, so my short stories hopefully benefit from this once over. I’m not saying you have to do this. Perhaps you are much more confident in your work than I am. It’s merely what I do.
  14. What Do They Mean “Manuscript Format”?
          Like resumes, MLA and APA requirements, and screenplays there are formats for writing manuscripts (even short stories). The industry accepted format is the William  Shunn format. Some publications aren’t that picky. Some just want you to follow instructions. If their instructions are different than this format … then I would highly recommend taking a few moments to follow an editor’s preference. I had a professor in college who refused anything in Times New Roman because she read an article that said that it worsened vision. I personally like to read in the Open Dyslexic font and use that or Comic Sans or Courier for … dyslexic reasons. They’re not my favorite, but they make it easier on my brain. Click here for a how to on William Shunn’s formatting.
  15. In Closing (For Real This Time!)
          While it might be tempting to disregard instructions, or just skip them in your eagerness, it may come across as disrespectful to not follow those instructions. When a magazine publishes a writer they’re making a business transaction.
  16. When there is steep competition, it’s easy to say no to someone who didn’t respect the editor’s time enough to follow the rules.  Also, it may be an intern or dedicated slush pile reader that’s looking at your story.
  17. If someone says no, I hope you’ll just … keep plugging away and not let it get to you. So far, I’ve been lucky. My rejections have either been impersonal and generic, or encouraging.
    Michael T. Kuester queried Galaxy’s Edge (currently clos had a horrible experience with a rude rejection.
  18. The internet is too small to be rude to people (and that goes both to editors/agents/publishers and to writers). Editors/agents/publishers talk. They even sometimes post hateful responses to rejections on social media.
  19. As my husband has to remind me at times … if you receive a rejection letter, it’s rejecting that story not you as a person. Remember Heinlein’s Rules: keep writing. Keep your stories on the market until they sell.

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